April is Autism Awareness month and during this month, The Key will discuss topics related to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). We will provide an overview of the diagnostic criteria, clinical tips & strategies. Providing accessible and relatable information for families is at the core of The Key blog. Therefore, we will have resources and information available for families. In addition to awareness, it’s essential for me to highlight many of the amazing individuals with ASD whom I have met in my career. Stay tuned to our social media accounts to enjoy some of those stories!
My relationship with the Autism Spectrum Disorder
During my career, I have spent years working with children and young adults on the Autism Spectrum in various capacities. Because of my vast experience, I have presented to teachers and parents on the topic of ASD. While I have known countless individuals with the disorder, I am continuously learning more and experiencing new aspects and insights. This thought is summed up in a quote by Dr. Stephen Shore, “If you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism.” The Key will be sharing a lot of information and stories about ASD, but this is all general information. Every person with ASD does not have the same thoughts, interest, behaviors or skills. The disorder is a spectrum, meaning its impact varies from person to person. The unifying characteristic of ASD is its impact on social interaction. Okay, enough of my mini disclaimer, let’s looks at some research.
What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?
There are many resources online that detail what Autism Spectrum Disorder is and how it looks in some individuals. Here, I will include a brief overview and include links to reliable sources which have more details for those who need more information.
According the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, “Autism Spectrum Disorder is a developmental disability that can cause significant social, communication, and behavioral challenges.” As previously noted, ASD is a spectrum, therefore, the learning, thinking and problem-solving abilities of people with ASD can range from gifted to highly impaired/impacted. Due to this difference in skill set, some people require continuous supports with daily activities, while others function completely independent.
Early Signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder
My child has Autism Spectrum Disorder, now what?
- I am a BCBA, ask me what I do?
Additional information and resources can be found on the Autism Speaks’webpage. Autism Speaks is a national not-for-profit organization with the mission to promote solutions across the spectrum and throughout the lifespan.
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